Stephenson County Grand Jury Returns Indictments In 31 Month Old Cold Case Murder

Freeport – The Freeport Police Department in Freeport Illinois issued a press release earlier today regarding a May 27, 2013 incident at the South Galena Avenue Convenience store (AKA Shell Gas), 833 S Galena Avenue where it was reported that a subject had been shot.

On May 27th 2013, the Freeport Police Department was dispatched to the South Galena Avenue Convenience store (AKA Shell Gas), 833 S Galena Avenue, in regard to a subject that had been shot. Upon arrival, Officers located Adel Ahmed Al-Masmari, 30 years of age. Al-Masmari had been shot and died at the scene as a result his injuries. Investigators have continually filtered through factual information as well as misinformation to place all the pieces to this puzzle together. Freeport Police Chief Todd Barkalow stated, “This has been a long and incredibly complicated investigation. Although it has been over 31 months since this tragic event, this case has never gone cold, thanks to the many tips brought forth by the citizens of Freeport”.

The information from the case was presented to a Stephenson County Grand Jury on 01/11/2016. The Grand Jury returned indictments for two individuals. Hosea Horn, 30, of Freeport, is charged with 16 counts of First Degree Murder, 2 Counts of attempted Robbery, Conspiracy, 2 Counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon and Obstructing Justice. Michael Daniel, 27, of Freeport is charged with 8 counts of First Degree Murder, 2 counts of Attempted Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and Obstructing Justice.

Daniel was in the Stephenson county jail on an unrelated charge when he was served his warrant for the offense. Daniel’s bond has been set at $4,000,000. Horn is currently in custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections on an unrelated charge. Horn’s bond has also been set at $4,000,000.

Freeport Mayor Jim Gitz stated, “We hope these arrests can be the first step for closure for the Al-Masmari family”.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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